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Monday, February 11, 2008 Volume XVI, Number 166

did ya know?

Did Ya Know?... Calling all Cancer Survivors: All area Cancer Survivors and their family are invited to a survivors social February 15th from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Fairview Christian Church. There will be lots of fun and entertainment. For more information call Tracy Ackermanat 358-8131 X 3311.

Did Ya Know?... VFW Post 2590 Carthage Presents Classic country artist "Lallie Bridges" from Branson, Mo February 23. 8:00pm to 10:00pm. Tickets $4.00 each Doors Open @ 7:00 Come join the fun! For more information call (417) 358-1657.

Did Ya Know?... Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, Carthage, Mo. will be hosting a special Valentine’s Day Event on Thursday, Feb. 14th at the Theatre. In addition to the play DIAL M FOR MURDER there will be a very special menu and Roses and Candy for the ladies. The price is $25.00 per person. Seating is limited. For reservations call the theatre at 417-358-9665 or 417-358-7268 or email

today's laugh

He doesn’t act stupid. It’s the real thing.

The early bird has to get his own breakfast.

You can’t eat your cake and diet too.

Lost time is never found.

A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.

STRAYED-A Two year old Jersey heifer, light color. Reward for return to Silver Moon restaurant.

A 20-Acre Purchase.

T. J. Dickey has bought of Daniel W. Kilmer 20 acres 4 miles northeast of Medoc for $400, which would be $20 per acre.

For Rent- 9-room dwelling, corner 3rd and Fulton streets. Pretty location, close to square. Hydrant and cistern. Apply W. H. Black.

Come and see our opera glasses and gold spectacles.
Our fine hand painted china will be here Tuesday the 17th.
We can show you a very fine line of high grade diamond and pearl brooches.
Steadley Bros.


Today's Feature

Carthage United Way Campaign Results

The Cathage Area United Way has announced it’s final campaign result of $334,500. The Campaign Chairperson was Neel Baucom and Chuck Bryant is the 2008 Board President.The Spirit of Giving Award was granted to John and Carolyn Phelps.

With receipt of the pledge packets from H.E. Williams, Leggett & Platt and Schreiber Foods, Carthage Area United Way surpassed their goal of $300,000. Local businesses that increased pledges during their employee drive this campaign includes: Arvest Bank, Beimdiek Insurance Agency, Butterball, Carthage R-9 Schools, D&D Sexton, Dyno Nobel, Empire Electric, Innovative Industries, Re/Max Classics, and Schmidt Associates. Lowe’s and St. Ann’s Catholic School joined the community efforts this year. Schreiber Foods made a final check presentation at the Annual Awards Luncheon last Thursday.

The money collected in this campaign will help fund 15 local agencies that serve the Carthage area including: The American Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Camp Quality, Carthage Crosslines, Carthage Crisis Center, Carthage Community Clinic, Cerebral Palsy Center, Girl Scouts, Jasper County 4-H, Lafayette House, Salvation Army and Special Olympics.

Just Jake Talkin'


It’s time for the annual warnin’ to ever’one of the male persuasion that reads this column and finds that ever’ now and then there is some content worth payin’ attention to.

I’m givin’ ya a little warnin’ to keep your head up come this Thursday. For reasons that remain elusive to many males of the species, February 14 is held in high regard by mates and wanna be’s.

For some reason, females have a sixth sense about last minute purchases. I suppose it has somethin’ ta do with the lack of variety at 4:30 on Valentines Day.

Another thing that some say is an unwritten rule, Valentines are only worthy if they serve no functional purpose. I mean real functional like a paring knife or a new dish cloth. Definitely no fryin’ pans or rollin’ pins.

Flowers will work but no dandelions.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

Oldies & Oddities

This Is A Hammer
By Samantha Mazzotta

Toolkit Basics

Q: What makes up the "basic toolkit"? I hear people saying I should have one, but I don’t know what I need. -- Katie J., Pasadena, Calif.

A: Every toolkit -- for homes large and small -- should have the items below stocked in it or stored nearby.

--Hammer: a standard 16-ounce claw hammer for your everyday hammering and nail-pulling needs.

--Adjustable wrench


--Tape measure

--Utility knife

--Screwdriver set -- including flat-head and Phillips-head (pointed, with a cross shape) -- in at least two sizes.

--Staple gun (and staples)


--Assorted nails and screws, different sizes

--Tape: masking, duct and electrical

--Glue: white, wood and permanent

--Level: a small level will help hang pictures straight.

--Stud finder: to locate support boards behind drywall.


--Small flashlight

--Pencil and scratch paper

--Sandpaper: different sizes and coarseness.


--Putty knife

--Lubricating oil (such as 3-in-1 or WD-40)

--Work gloves

There are several other items that will probably, eventually, find their way into your toolkit as the need arises. For example, your first "big" purchase may be a power drill and bit set. Chisels and metal/wood files may soon follow. And of course, should you decide to paint a room, you’ll pick up a whole assortment of paintbrushes and related gear. But the above list should get you through those "Shoot, I need to take care of this quickly" moments that every homeowner has.

When upgrading your toolkit, consider each purchase carefully. Will you use it more than once? Is there a better way to do the job? Do you need additional items in order to get the most out of the tool? Once the decision is made, purchase the best tool you can afford.

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